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Engineering Education Starts at an Early Age

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Educating our kids also educates ourselves
ArtRous   2/27/2013 10:39:56 AM
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Excellent article that ties the solving of society's evolving challenges to the need to engage students of all ages via improved curricula, tools and general exposure to how technology can be fun. As a FIRST robotics mentor, I see many kids who otherwise would have no connection to this fascinating world. After some reflection on this aspect of what FIRST is about, I have concluded that there an additional benefit to both the students and the mentors: such programs deliver environments that are as real-world as it gets in many ways. Specifically, I have drawn four specific "takeaways".....

1. Such programs effectively serve as an Highly Accelerated Life Test ("HALT") training program for managing people of any age,

2. Both students and professionals can benefit from being pressed outside of their comfort zones,

3. Education/training that is timely, appropriate and continuous is the key to personal growth and stability,

4. Having fun keeps everybody engaged.

http://www.farmpd.com/Farm-Blog/bid/91995/Product-Development-How-the-Real-World-Compares-to-High-School

I suspect that other mentors have their own takeaways that I would be interested in hearing about.

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